Writing your Goals down and reminding yourself of them
In the previous page of
this section I referred to a study that showed people
who write down their goals are hugely more successful
that those who don’t. In summary, the Yale university
study I referred to claimed, that the 4% of people who
actually took the time to write down their goals, were
worth many many times more that the other 96% collectively.
So writing goals down seems to produce superior results.
If we are to write goals down how should we do this?
In simple terms, make your goal (vision) as clear and
specific as possible. If for example one of your goals
is to have your dream car, rather than saying I want
a new Mercedes, the goal should be phrased along the
following lines – I drive a new 2006 metallic
blue Mercedes 500SL coupe, with five point alloy wheels
and top of the range satellite navigation system.
Once you’ve written your goals down, don’t
just stick them in a file and put them away in a drawer.
Put them somewhere you will see them. My monthly goals
are on my computer and the first thing I do each morning
is click on them and read them. Experts on goals say
the best time to remind yourself of your goals is first
thing in the morning and last thing at night. Zig Ziglar,
a leading personal development expert and motivational
speaker, said when he wanted to lose weight, he cut out
a picture from a magazine of a model advertising Jockey
underwear and then put a picture of his own head over
the model’s and stuck in on his bathroom cabinet.
If you want that dream car, you won’t be short
of magazine pictures!
I’m sure many people reading this already write
down their goals. For those who don’t – an
invitation to join the top 4%!
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